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Forneys Creek in Swain County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Northern View

Great Smokey Mountain National Park

 
 
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By Sandra Hughes, November 20, 2010
1. Northern View Marker
Inscription. People come to Clingmans Dome to experience the 360-degree view but how does the view today compare to centuries ago? We really don't know, but we do know that haze, largely caused by air pollution, can greatly diminish your view.

Records show that during the last half of the 20th century the average distance it is possible to see decreased by about 40 percent in winter and 80 percent in summer.

For details about how air pollution impacts the Smokies-and about how you can help protect future air quality-ask at a visitor center.
On a typical hazy day (left), views can be disappointing. Distance features, like Pigeon Forge, are completely lost from view.

Air pollution in the Smoky Mountains (map, right) comes mostly from the northwest and southwest, and sometimes from the east. Pollutants arrive from both local and distant sources. Weather patterns dictate how sources change over time.

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Blanket Mountain
Distance: 7.7mi/12.4km

Cove Mountain
Distance: 11mi/18km

Bluff Mountain
Distance: 20mi/32km

Pigeon Forge
Distance: 15mi/24km

Gatlinburg
Distance: 10.5mi/17km
Elevation: 1289ft/393m

Balsam Point
Distance: 6.5mi/10.4km

High Top
(Highest point on Mt. Le Conte)
Distance:
Northern View Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 20, 2010
2. Northern View Marker
6.9mi/11.1km
Elevation: 6593ft/2010m

Newfound Gap
Distance: 5.5mi/8.8km
Elevation: 5046ft/1538m

Mount Guyot
Distance: 17mi/27km
Elevation: 6621ft/2018m
 
Erected by Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
 
Location. 35° 33.777′ N, 83° 29.91′ W. Marker is in Forneys Creek, North Carolina, in Swain County. Marker can be reached from Clingmans Dome Road 7 miles west of U.S. 441, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Mark is located at the Clingmans Dome overlook 0.5 miles north of the Visitor Center. Marker is in this post office area: Bryson City NC 28713, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Western View (here, next to this marker); Eastern View (a few steps from this marker); Southern View (a few steps from this marker); The Top of the Smokies (approx. 0.4 miles away); And It Became Land (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mountains: Refuge and Healing (approx. half a mile away); Indian Gap Road (approx. 4.3 miles away in Tennessee); Spared the Saw (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forneys Creek.
 
Also see . . .  Great Smoky Mountains National Park. National Park Service (Submitted on August 18, 2017.)
Northern View Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 20, 2010
3. Northern View Marker
 
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Northern View Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 20, 2010
4. Northern View Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 18, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 225 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 18, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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